Plan to make PhD degree mandatory for DU lecturers

Published : 24 Mar 2024 10:46 PM | Updated : 27 Mar 2024 08:09 PM

Dhaka University is planning to make PhD degrees mandatory for its lecturers, an entry level post for teachers.

The highest sources at the university confirmed this matter to the Bangladesh Post. 

In the present process, the university appoints candidates who have a postgraduate degree as lecturers, while prestigious universities across the world demand PhD degrees for the faculty posts.

After joining, the lecturers are involved in the academic activities of the departments and institutions in Dhaka University.

Later, most of them fly overseas to complete their PhD degrees.

Sources said the teachers who go abroad for higher studies get the facilities like salaries from the university while some of them are delaying their return to DU.

Even in some cases, teachers are not coming back. Instead, they prefer to settle abroad without resignation. 

Professor Dr. Sitesh Chandra, pro-vice chancellor (academic), told that when a teacher takes study leave, the university cannot get his presence in the curriculum and for students' development.

“If we appoint a PhD degree holder as the teacher, then the problem will be resolved,” he added.

Dr Sitesh Chandra said, “If we can establish quality research laboratories at every faculties, resources will develop. Then, we will be able to say that we demand a PhD degree holder as a lecturer.”

When asked about the matter, DU Vice-chancellor Professor Dr. ASM Maksud Kamal, said, “We will reform our policy regarding teacher's recruitment. For this, we need sufficient quality PhD holders.”

He mentioned that lots of PhDs are conducted at the university, which has no impact.

Putting emphasis on sufficient research funding, Dr Maksud Kamal said that when the country will achieve the ability to ensure quality PhD holders, then the university can reform the policies, otherwise, getting quality PhD holders will be very difficult.